Dried Red Rose Buds

Dried Red Rose Buds

Dried Red Rose Buds

Ingredient Name:

Dried roses, dried rose buds, rose rugosa, China rose, red roses

Traditional Chinese Name:

玫瑰花 (méi guī huā)

Nature:  Slightly warming (due to the drying and heating process of the flowers)

Taste:  Sweet, bitter

You can get started on your Chinese Soup Kitchen Pantry from this video!  While dried flowers aren’t usually used in Chinese soups, they are certainly staple in Chinese Herbal Teas!

 

 

I’m a big fan of roses!  They remind me of smiles and love.  While not commonly used in Chinese Herbal Teas so much, they are very popular in the Western selection of teas and stem from way back in Western culture especially in an apothecary and healing capacity.  However, rose buds and roses are used in so many cuisines and dishes, such as teas (hot and cold), desserts, cakes, as flavouring, or as decorative in and on food.

What’s used are the dried rose petals and buds of the flower.  They are fragrant, slightly sweet (and bitter), and have quite a unique taste to the tea.  I usually keep a bag of these in my herbal tea pantry and they have amazing shelf life!  You can harvest your own red rose petals or buds from your own rose garden (if you have one!).  The buds are before the flower blooms  or after bloom, you can simply take the petals as well.  

The best thing for me about rose buds in Chinese Herbal teas is that they help with stagnant Qi and blood.  Stagnant Qi shows up as mood swings, irritability, annoyance (sometimes the onset of PMS) and greatly helps with this during menopause as well.  Roses are an excellent source of antioxidants and vitamins (C and E) and helps to improve sleep and moods.

How do I prepare it?

      • Typically no preparation needed.  If I’m using purchased rose buds or petals, I will use directly from the bag into my tea cup or glass stove top safe tea pot.
      • You can presoak or rinse in cool water to remove any bugs, debris, or 

What is the cost & where to buy?

      • The price will range depending on the size, make, and brand of the dried flowers, especially if it’s organic or not

      • There are smaller full buds, which tend to be more expensive, or the shredded bloomed ones, which are cheaper
      • In general, one ounce of dried loose flowers can cost around $3-4 CAD (but I have seen the range quite wide)
      • Red roses are commonly found in both Western and Eastern stores (both online and instore)

Any benefits?

      • Dried rose buds helps regulate Qi and blood
      • Often used to support blood stagnation and promote blood flow in the body.
      • Qi stagnation usually shows up as psychological such as depression, irritability, anxiousness, or mood swing (roses can help!), which is often found with premenstrual syndrome or menopause.
      • This is great to take during your periods or during menopause to help the Qi flow

Any precautions?

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